Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Butterfly Garden Kid Activity

This is a great rainy-day activity!
 
Cut out a bunch of butterflies and hearts and spread out on the floor. Put a tissue paper ball on one of them and have the kids tiptoe through the garden to retrieve the ball. Try not to touch the butterflies or hearts! Start out with them spaced out and move them closer together with each try.

You can use other shapes as well, maybe just circles or just the paper, cut in half.



Cranberry BBQ Chicken (FREEZER MEAL)

Cranberry BBQ Chicken 

This makes a great freezer meal, too! Just combine raw chicken drumsticks, onion, celery, cranberry sauce, and BBQ sauce in a Ziploc freezer bag, and freeze. To reheat, just thaw overnight in the fridge, then pour into a baking dish and bake as normal.

Ingredients

Chicken drumsticks
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 can (16 oz) whole-berry cranberry sauce
1 cup BBQ sauce
Salt/Pepper

Step 1

Place drumsticks in a baking pan. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 2



In a bowl, combine the onion, celery, cranberry sauce, and BBQ sauce. Mix well and pour over the chicken.

Step 3

Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees, for 35-40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. You can serve over cooked rice or as is.

Award-Winning Lemon Cream Stuffed Braid Bread Tutorial

This is a great breakfast bread. Goes great with your morning cup of coffee! This recipe won me 3rd place in the city bake-off for 2013. 

Lemon Cream-Stuffed Braid Bread

Ingredients

BREAD:
1 package (1/4 oz) active dry yeast
3 Tbs warm water (110-115 degrees)
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
3 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
FILLING:
12 oz cream cheese, softened (1 and 1/2 blocks)
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp grated lemon peel
ICING:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Juice of one lemon (the one you grated, preferably)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Step 1

Dissolve yeast in water; let stand for 5 minutes to activate. Add sugar, milk, butter, eggs, salt, and 2 cups of flour. Beat on low speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough.

Step 2

Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 7 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size. About 1 hour.

Step 3

While the dough rises, beat filling ingredients in a bowl until light and fluffy; set aside.

Step 4


Punch dough down. On a floured surface, roll into a 14X12 in rectangle. Place on a greased baking sheet (or parchment paper lined). Spread filling down center third of rectangle.

Step 5





On each long side, cut 1 inch wide strips. Starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle across filling. Seal end. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.

Step 6

Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool while you make the icing.

Step 7



Combine icing ingredients, drizzle over bread.


This was a big hit at the Bake-Off!































Carrot Pilaf Tutorial

A super easy side dish!

Carrot Pilaf 

Ingredients

1 Tbs butter
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup uncooked long-grain rice
1 can (14.5 oz) chicken broth
1 tsp lemon-pepper seasoning (or just salt and pepper to taste)

Step 1

In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Saute carrots and onion until tender.

Step 2


Add rice and stir to coat.

Step 3


Stir in broth and lemon-pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.

Step 4

Fluff cooked rice with a fork. Serve hot.











Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Salisbury Steak Tutorial

Another great ground beef recipe!

Salisbury Steak Tutorial

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup, undiluted
1 Tbl Dijon mustard
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 ts prepared horseradish
1 egg
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup diced onion
1/2 tsp salt
Dash of pepper
1/2 cup water
Oil for browning the patties

Step 1

In a bowl, combine the soup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish; blend well. Set aside.

Step 2


In another bowl, combine the egg, bread crumbs, onion, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup of the soup mixture. Add beef and mix well.

Step 3


Divide meat into six patties. Brown the patties on both sides in the oil. Drain any grease.

Step 4


Combine remaining soup mixture with the water. Pour over patties. Cover and cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink.

Step 5

Serve over cooked noodles, hot rice, or mashed potatoes.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Country Green Beans Tutorial

A quick and easy way to cook up those fresh green beans!

Country Green Beans 

Ingredients

1lb fresh green beans cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped cooked ham
1/4 cup butter
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper



Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes, until the beans are tender.